08/18/16: Update on Sugar. Sugar has come a long way since first coming to her foster home. She loves to run in the yard now which she used to not know what to do with a freedom run. She also loves attention and comes up when her foster mom is sitting or laying down to get some love--she seems to have never had attention before so she now groans when you rub her face and tummy. She will always probably be skittish so needs a quiet environment that she will not always be startled with loud noises and quick movements. She is probably younger than previously thought as she still runs with the young dogs. She is housebroke and does fine with the other dogs. She does get a little aggravated if the youngest gets too rowdy with her but puts him in his place. She's a sweet girl who deserves some one-on-one attention.
01/11/14: This is Sugar. She is at least a 10 year old (probably older) purebred shiba inu who was most definitely used for breeding. She is special needs in the fact that she is extremely skittish about everything. She is completely unfamiliar with a leash and had never been up or down stairs prior to coming to her foster home a couple of weeks ago. She also didn't want anything to do with the snow storm we had this past weekend in fact she wouldn't go outside (she would stand and scratch at the door to come back in) for two days when there was snow on the ground (although she didn't have an accident during this whole time). I think she may have never seen snow before either?? Her breed is bred to hunt the mountains of Japan so it should be her natural habitat so I believe she has led a very contained life and was just used for breeding. She hunches down when u pick her up and prefers to just stay on the bed. Otherwise she is as sweet as sugar, hence, her name. She loves to have her face rubbed (she closes her eyes as if "this feels so good"). As you will see in the pictures the few times she gets off the bed is to gather the stuffed toys which she picks up very gently and brings them to lay next to her as if they are her babies. She pretty much ignores the other 5 dogs in the home except to snap at them if they bother her "babies" too much. I believe she has had many litters. In fact when she was spayed she had pyometra and infection of her uterus, which was completely infected with pus. She was lucky it didnt' burst. She also had the worse teeth I had ever seen, they were completely black. They are nice and clean now, but she did have to have 6 of them removed. She will require a very quiet home that has easy access to go outside to do her business and understand that she has probably had a hard life and just needs security and time to adjust. She has amazingly only had one accident in the home, but that is not unusual for the shiba breed. They do not like to go where they live.
Sugar's adoption fee is $145.00. If you are interested in adopting her please go to our home page at www.partnersforpetsil.org and fill out an online application. She is spayed, current on all vaccinations, heartworm negative, dewormed and microchipped.
Adoptions are held at the O'Fallon, IL PetSmart every Saturday of the month from 11am-3:30pm and at the Glen Carbon, IL PetSmart every Sunday and the first Saturday of the month from 11am-3:30pm. We are also at Petco in Edwardsville Crossing every Sunday of the month from 11:30-3:30 pm. The cats are only at Glen Carbon. Please let us know if you are interested in a pet and we can arrange to have them meet you at one of the adoption events.
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